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Test & Measurement
19th March 2021
Digitisers and AWGs now support ARM-based NVIDIA Jetson

Following a number of requests from its customers, Spectrum Instrumentation now offers driver support for the NVIDIA Jetson, a series of embedded computing boards from NVIDIA. The new driver package means that any of Spectrum's high performance Digitisers, AWGs or Digital I/O products with PCIe interface, currently 65 different cards, can be used with this small but powerful platform. 

Test & Measurement
25th February 2021
Scanning atoms with the tip of a needle

The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is an important tool in materials science and used for mechanical scanning of surfaces. The forces acting between the atoms of the surface and the tip of a nanoscopic needle are measured and calculated giving resolutions in the order of fractions of a nanometer.

10th February 2021
Spectrum Instrumentation appoints new Managing Director

Spectrum Instrumentation has announced that Carsten Gralla has joined its expanded executive team as Managing Director. Carsten holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is seen as a major asset to the business. Having previously worked in both large and small organisations, he brings a wealth of experience in all areas of commerce. This includes production, IT, international sales, marketing and quality management. As MD, Carsten will work wi...

Test & Measurement
5th February 2021
Mixed signal testing using modular PC instruments

Testing mixed signal devices requires both analogue and digital measurements. Analogue measurements, which acquire data samples with high amplitude resolution as a function of time, are used to test physical layer compliance with test standards, and digital measurements, which obtain data samples with single bit resolution versus time, assure data state as a function of time and permit evaluation of protocol content. Oliver Rovini - Technica...

Test & Measurement
28th January 2021
Digitizer range gets eight new high-speed variants

Spectrum Instrumentation has extended its range of hybridNETBOX products with the addition of eight high-speed models.  

Quantum Tech
14th October 2020
AWG-card by Spectrum used to move around single atoms

How do you determine what is going on when you can’t actually see the components in the system you are investigating? This is the challenge when investigating the quantum behaviour of electrons in a lattice of ions. The solution being created by the Physics Department at the University of San Diego, California is to build a model that is slightly larger with observable components of single atoms moving in an optical lattice.

Test & Measurement
9th July 2020
Fast PCIe digitisers get additional digital inputs

Spectrum Instrumentation has announced a new digital input option (M4i.44xx-DigSMA) for its popular high-speed and high-resolution series of PCIe digitisers. The option consists of an additional module that sits beside the existing digitiser card to provide eight additional digital input lines.

27th May 2020
Digitisers used for road-radar to detect wild animals

Every two minutes there is an accident caused by wildlife on German roads at a cost to the insurance industry of more than €600m in 2015 alone. To address this, the Universities of Applied Sciences of Ulm and Heilbronn along with industrial partners have created 'SALUS' to help detect wild animals.

Test & Measurement
22nd April 2020
LXI-digitisers get extra I/O lines for mixed-mode testing

Spectrum Instrumentation has extended the capabilities of its popular LXI-digitisers by adding a powerful mixed-mode testing option. This new option is available on four different models, all featuring 8 analogue input channels that synchronously sample signals at rates up to 5 MS/s, 20 MS/s, 40 MS/s or 125 MS/s with 16-bit resolution.

Test & Measurement
11th March 2020
New digitisers provide up to 5 MS/s speeds

Spectrum Instrumentation has released 11 new digitiser products that are specifically intended for the capture and analysis of electronic signals in the DC to 2MHz frequency range.

Test & Measurement
12th February 2020
AWGs deliver 24V output swings on up to 8 channels

The ability of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) to recreate virtually any waveshape makes them especially useful as signal generators in today’s sophisticated electronic systems. Spectrum Instrumentation recently released four new models in its generatorNETBOX family with output swings of up to 24V on up to 8 channels, to cover even the most demanding test applications.

Test & Measurement
4th February 2020
Multi-channel AWGs solve signal generator cost problem

Designed for engineers and scientists that need to simultaneously generate multiple electronic test signals, Spectrum Instrumentation’s latest line of Arbitrary Waveform Generators offers 24 to 48 synchronous channels in a single rack-unit with a very economic cost-per-channel. 

10th December 2019
Spectrum Instrumentation celebrates its 30th birthday

Spectrum Instrumentation has built a global enterprise since it was first founded 30 years ago in December 1989. The company uses a versatile modular design approach to create a wide range of digitiser and generator products as PC-cards (PCIe and PXIe) and stand-alone Ethernet (LXI) instruments. In 30 years, they have gained customers all around the world, including many universities. The company is headquartered near Hamburg, Germany.

Test & Measurement
26th November 2019
AWGs deliver output swings up to 24V

Six Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) have been added to its recently released M2p.65 xx series of PCIe cards by Spectrum Instrumentation. The new AWGs extend the product families capabilities by boosting the available output range, so that waveforms can be generated with amplitude swings of up to ±12V into 1MΩ or ±6V into 50Ω.

T&M and Monitoring
16th October 2019
High channel count sets standard for arbitrary waveform generators

Designed for engineers and scientists that need to simultaneously generate multiple electronic test signals, Spectrum Instrumentation’s latest line of Arbitrary Waveform Generators offers 24 to 48 synchronous channels in a single rack-unit with a very economic cost-per-channel.

Test & Measurement
23rd September 2019
Mixed mode option for digitisers and AWGs

Spectrum Instrumentation has released an optional module for its latest range of 16-bit digitisers and AWGs that adds 16 synchronous digital lines to the analogue data. The additional digital lines extend the four multi-purpose XIO lines that are already standard on these digitiser and AWG cards.

Test & Measurement
14th August 2019
Portable AWG allows signal-generation for up to 16 channels

The latest line of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) from Spectrum Instrumentation is based on the LXI instrumentation standard and has been created for engineers and scientists that need to simultaneously generate up to 16 precise electronic signals. Small and compact, the units are ideal in automated testing or remote-control type applications.

5th June 2019
Digitisers help advance fusion research

Fusion has long been viewed as the ultimate goal for energy generation. Smashing together deuterium and tritium atoms releases energy as they combine and is the reaction at the heart of the sun.

Test & Measurement
15th May 2019
PCIe-cards provide up to 80 AWG-channels in one PC

A modular design philosophy has enabled Spectrum Instrumentation to create a solution for customers wanting multi-channel AWGs. Having 8 AWG channels on a single PCIe-card only 168 mm in length offers new opportunities for very compact and affordable test systems.

Test & Measurement
13th March 2019
16-bit AWGs boast 40 or 125MS/s speed

Six Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) optimised for signal quality, size and cost have been introduced by Spectrum Instrumentation. The new "65" series AWGs offer the latest 16-bit Digital-Analogue-Converters, a fast PCIe x4 interface with up to 700MByte/s streaming speed and a card length of only 168 mm to fit into nearly every PC.

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